In the early 1900s, a Michigan man came up with a simple, cheap design that changed life in America.
His name was Henry Ford, and by the 1920s, his production of the Model T put the automobile on the map for many middle-class Americans. But as more and more families acquired that first affordable car, less and less business was done downtown.
And downtown Auburn was no exception.
Michael Long, a planner with Finger Lakes Planning and Development who worked in the city’s planning office from 1980 to 2008, said that before the invention of the automobile, downtown Auburn was the heart and soul of the city.